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Tuesday
Sep202011

Engineered Garments Hooded Down Vest

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—01. Large drawstring hood.
—02. 90% Goose Down interior.

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Almost every season there's something I see early on, most likely in lookbooks or online, that I pass over on initial examination; only to reassess my opinion when I rediscover the piece in the flesh. The first time I saw this particular vest I wasn't too taken with the hood detail, and so, not being much of a vest wearer in the first place, didn't spend too much time analyzing its appeal. I have, however, spent a moment or two reexamining it recently; and my initial stance is slowly beginning to waver. Although I keep visualizing both outfits and opportunities I might have for the vest itself, I probably won't ever make up my mind which colour I prefer; which luckily for me also means I won't ever have to take back all those misguided things I might have once said.

—Available at Garbstore and Oi Polloi

Monday
Sep192011

Needles Gradation Knit Socks

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—01. Unusual texture.
—02. Graduated colour.

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Part of a small set of Needles items that includes a short scarf and some fingerless gloves all knitted in the same graduated style, these socks offer an interesting alternative to the various patterned and melange options available this season.

Nepenthes Osaka News

Monday
Sep192011

Everyday Life Books

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—01. China Granite Project II, by Max Lamb.

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Apartamento recently expanded their printed matter offering to include the first in a planned series of book releases: China Granite Project II, by the British designer Max Lamb. The book documents a collection of furniture produced by Lamb in 2010 using an igneous granite known as Sesame Black, which is native to the Fujian Province in China. The book itself is both beautifully fabricated and interestingly designed, and I'm sure will be as eagerly anticipated as each new issue of Apartamento.

Everyday Life Books

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Sunday
Sep182011

MHL Kagool Parka

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—01. Classic cut and considered details.
—02. Moss coloured, 100% cotton.

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The longer fitting parka is something I've always found difficult to wear. I own a couple of examples, most notably a classic A.P.C. model and last season's Storm Parka from Engineered Garments, but traditionally I'm much more comfortable with outerwear that stops around the waist. Having said that, I've always admired the classic lines a longer fitting trench or parka can give an outfit, especially when it comes to layers. The balance between various lengths, when done correctly, can give an outfit a nice sense of depth. The Kagool Parka from Margaret Howell's MHL line looks to me like a sensible wardrobe addition for anyone seeking something longer for the fall. All the details are in the right place, and nothing is fussy or over-designed. As is the case with a lot of MHL pieces, the jacket looks to fit a little on the looser, boxier side; which I happen to think actually works well on this type of garment.

Available at South Willard

Saturday
Sep172011

Mr. Kitly

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—01. Entrance.
—02. Ceramics.

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There aren't a ton of shops I get excited to stumble across, online or in person. It's difficult to offer something fresh with an ideal atmosphere and unique product range. While Mr. Kitly doesn't exactly break down barriers set by modern retail, it's homey feel, lovely curation of print, homewares and accessories and general 'vibe', all look great. The small upstairs shop resides in a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, and also has a neat online shop.

Mr. Kitly

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Saturday
Sep172011

New York Made Us This Way

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—01. Familiar fonts.
—02. Printed interior.

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If they mean: cash strapped, highly strung, and homesick; then yes, New York certainly did. Meant as an ode to the city, and the people that inhabit it (some of whom are partial to a good outfit or two), New York Made Us This Way is an exhibition of works by Jake Davis cultivated from his Test Shot project, and currently on display at Nepenthes New York. To celebrate the event, which also coincides with the store's first anniversary, Nepenthes have released a rather interesting take on a traditional white pocket t-shirt. A familiar font adorns the center, giving the pocket an unusual looking placement; one that's perhaps more washing and camera trickery than design. The back features a montage of screen shots from various Test Shots Jake has produced over the last couple of years, which has been printed on the interior of the shirt rather than on outside of the fabric. Years ago I once saw a similar design on a Bjork t-shirt at Magma in London; I thought it looked good then, and still think it looks good now.

Jake Davis
Nepenthes NY

Friday
Sep162011

Unearthed: Duxbak Shooting Jacket

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—01. Hidden cigarette pocket.
—02. Classic styling, surprisingly slim fit.

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Maybe it's something about the cooler damp weather that's blown in over the last couple of days, but two thoughts have recently been preying on my mind. The first is adding an extra layer, as the temperature slowly starts to drop, and the second is an early morning wonder around the flea markets on the weekend. I'm lucky enough to live blocks from one, but during the summer months the harsh sun and shadeless asphalt are often a little too much for me to take for long periods of time. Hunting for diamonds-in-the-rough is not particularly a speciality of mine, which is why I'm happy to rely on updates from the always excellent Ready 4 The House to get my inspiration levels raised. The Duxbak shooting jacket above, looks to be exactly what we're all hoping to unearth when we're on the hunt: a well fitting, classic piece in excellent, or at least interesting, condition.

Ready 4 The House

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Thursday
Sep152011

Arc'teryx Veilance Fall 2011

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—01. Insulated Shell Jacket.
—02. Field Jacket SV.
—03. Hooded Wool Jacket.
—04. Insulated Field Jacket.

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"Just as Arc’teryx redefined outerwear for extreme conditions with absolute dedication and technical innovation, their Veilance line channels that same groundbreaking spirit with added elegance for an urban environment to elevate expectations of what men’s apparel can be. For Fall 2011, warm but unobtrusive linings are present in a selection of outerwear designs. Silhouettes in the collection remain progressive, supported by advanced materials and intelligent fabrications."

It's rare to be able to stand behind a product unequivocally, but in my opinion, Veilance is that kind of product. It is expensive, but it's also the absolute pinnacle of modern technical outerwear, and once you've worn one of these pieces, particularly in adverse weather, it's difficult to consider anything else.

Arc'teryx Veilance
Available at Inventory Stockroom

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